Once again, the time has come. It is time to build a back yard playground for my two boys. Yes, I am still in the middle of the bunk beds right now, but I have a lot of planning and research to do. My plan on this project is to blog my way through it just as I work on it every day.
Back last year my wife started wanting to get the boys a play set for the back yard. Looking at all of our pre-built options, I came to the conclusion that I could probabl=y do a little better building this myself. All of the really nice stuff was going to cost us on the order of $2000.00 (+). Knowing us it would have been a whole lot of (+). So, I set out to start designing a play set in my head. Now, a year later, we are finally ready to start planning the build. We are going to have to buy the materials over several months, and the project, no doubt, will be spread over those months. I am really hoping that it will at least be usable by their birthday party on May 31. It would be nice to have it all done, but I would be satisfied if the platform is up and a slide is attached by then.
We know in our heads what we want to build. I know that the commercial sets are way too expensive for my budget. I know that there will be some things that I will have to buy, such as a slide. In the same respect, there are going to be a lot of things that I will build simply for the economics of the matter.
I am going to blog the project from the start which is right now. I will take you through the research that I do, the safety considerations that I am looking at, everything. Hopefully this will help me and you. If I overlook something, I hope someone speaks up. I will show you the drawings I am doing in Sketchup and the whole planning process. Then, of course, I will show you the building process which I plan to involve the little ones in quite heavily.
So, sit back, adjust your glasses and get a tall glass of tea. Enjoy the ride as we build a playground in my back yard.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA